Schldl., Linnaea 20:603 (1847).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Wild rosemary, rosemary dampiera.
Undershrub to 60 cm high, sometimes prostrate; stems erect to decumbent, rarely prostrate, branched, terete, slightly ribbed, tomentose to glabrescent; leaves crowded, often fasciculate, linear to linear-oblong, 8-28 mm long, 2-5 mm wide, entire, glabrous and glossy or papillate on the upper surface, tomentose below, thick, with revolute margins concealing the lower surface.
Peduncles 1-3 in a cluster, 3-11 mm long, tomentose, usually 1-flowered; bract linear-elliptic, 1-2 mm long, tomentose; bracteoles similar to the bract; pedicel 1-5 mm long; sepals 1-1.5 mm long, tomentose; corolla 12-14 mm long, blue-violet to pink, with short appressed grey to black hairs outside; tube c. 1.6 mm long; posterior lobes narrowly falcate-oblong, 4-5 mm long, with purple auricles c. 1.5 mm wide; anterior lobes narrowly lanceolate 4-6 mm long; style 4-5 mm long; indusium 0.5-0.8 mm long, 0.6-1 mm wide, red-brown; ovary grey- to brownish-tomentose.
Fruit 2-3 mm long.
Mainly in mallee and scrub on sandy soils.
S.Aust.: GT, FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE. Vic.
Flowering time: mostly Aug. — Oct.
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